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New Perspectives on Anarchism

Edited by Nathan J. Jun and Shane Wahl - Contributions by Samantha E. Bankston; Harold Barclay; Lewis Call; Alexandre J.M.E. Christoyannopoulos; Vernon Cisney; Jesse Cohn; Abraham DeLeon; Francis Dupuis-Déri; Benjamin Franks; Clive Gabay; Karen Goaman; Rodrigo Gomes Guimarães; Uri Gordon; James Horrox; Anthony Ince; Sandra Jeppesen; Stavros Karageorgakis; Elizabeth Kolovou; Thomas Martin; Todd May; Nicolae Morar; Irène Pereira; Stevphen Shukaitis; Mick Smith; Scott Turner; Salvo Vaccaro; Mitchell Verter; Dana Ward and Dana M. Williams

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The study of anarchism as a philosophical, political, and social movement has burgeoned both in the academy and in the global activist community in recent years. Taking advantage of this boom in anarchist scholarship, Nathan J. Jun and Shane Wahl have compiled twenty-six cutting-edge essays on this timely topic in New Perspectives on Anarchism. This collection of essays is unique in its global and multi-cultural scope, as its contributors hail from across the globe.

The scholars and activists featured in New Perspectives on Anarchism view anarchism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, and ecology. Together, they attest to the vibrancy, intrepidity, and diversity of contemporary anarchist studies both within and without the academy. New Perspectives on Anarchism's broad approach to anarchism will make it appealing to scholars and political activists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
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Pages: 456Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-3240-1 • Hardback • December 2009 • $126.00 • (£85.00)
978-0-7391-3241-8 • Paperback • December 2009 • $54.99 • (£37.95)
Nathan J. Jun is assistant professor of philosophy and coordinator of the philosophy program at Midwestern State University.

Shane Wahl is an instructor in philosophy at Ivy Tech Community College and teaches philosophy and debate to gifted children through Purdue University's Gifted Education Resource Institute.
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Part 1: Anarchism & Philosophy
Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Anarchy in Political Philosophy
Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Is Post-structuralist Political Theory Anarchist?
Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Power and Anarchy: In/equality + In/visibility in Autonomous Politics
Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Anarchism of the Other Person
Chapter 7 Chapter 5: The Double Paradigm of Power
Part 8 Part 2: Anarchism & Political Science
Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Vanguards and Paternalism
Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Anarchy, Decentralisation, and Autonomy at the Seattle Anti-WTO Protests
Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Anarchist Theory and Human Rights
Part 13 Part 3: Anarchism & Religion
Chapter 14 Chapter 9: Christian Anarchism: A Revolutionary Reading of the Bible
Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Anarchist Confrontations with Religion
Part 16 Part 4: Classical Anarchism
Chapter 17 Chapter 11: Reinventing Resistance: Constructive Activism in Gustav Landauer's Social Philosophy
Chapter 18 Chapter 12: Alchemy at Clarens: Kropotkin and Reclus, 1877– 1881
Chapter 19 Chapter 13: Proudhon, Pragmatist
Part 20 Part 5: Anarchism & Social Science
Chapter 21 Chapter 15: An Anarchist-Sociologist Research Program
Chapter 22 Chapter 16: Sabotaging the System! Bringing Anarchist Theory into Social Studies Education
Chapter 23 Chapter 17: Whither Anarchist Geography?
Chapter 24 Chapter 18: An Ethnography of Nowhere
Part 25 Part 6: Anarchism & Ecology
Chapter 26 Chapter 20: John Zerzan, Primitivism, and the Value of Culture
Chapter 26 Chapter 19: Free from Nature or Free Nature?: An Anarchist Critique of Transhumanism
Chapter 27 Chapter 21: New Remedies or New Evils? Anarchism and the Scientific Revolution
Chapter 28 Chapter 22: The State of Nature: The Political Philosophy of Primitivism and the Culture of Contamination
Part 29 Part 7: Anarchism & Culture
Chapter 30 Chapter 23: What is Anarchist Cultural Studies? Precursors, Problems, and Prospects
Chapter 31 Chapter 24: The Past, Period Drama, and Mutual Aid
Chapter 32 Chapter 25: Crisis of Authority Aboard the Battlestar Galactica
Chapter 33 Chapter 26: Creating Guerilla Texts in Rhizomatic Value-Practices on the Sliding Scale of Autonomy: Toward An Anti-Authoritarian Cultural Logic
New Perspectives on Anarchism is a tour de force. This collection of essays by such a large, diverse, and distinguished group of contributors, treating the subject from so many different perspectives, is likely to play a major role in dispelling negative stereotypes and making anarchism a significant topic in the discourse of contemporary social and political philosophy.
William L. McBride, Purdue University


New Perspectives in Anarchism is not only timely, but an important testament to the growing importance of anarchist thought in our era. The book contains crisp ideas that analyze anarchism from multiple perspectives. Like all good books, this volume does not contain a set of prescribed concepts or stilted dogma. Rather, expect a sea of sharp critiques, all revolving around issues of equality, freedom, power, and justice.
Luis A. Fernandez, author of Policing Dissent and co-editor of Contemporary Anarchist Studies


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